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Discovery District

The Discovery District is an innovative research park that serves as the epicenter of academic, research, and economic achievement by leveraging public-private partnerships to create dynamic spaces and new amenities for the purpose of activating transformational impact.

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Maryland’s largest research park encompasses two million square feet, over 150 acres, and employs an estimated 6,500 people.

The Discovery District stretches from Baltimore Avenue to the research-rich and metro accessible community along River Road. It offers flexible office space locations from co-working options to R&D space for startup companies, contractors, and technology corporations.

The Discovery District is a hub of activity as it is home to local attractions including The Hotel at UMD, WeWork College Park (the first WeWork to be located at any university campus in the U.S.), and The Hall CP.

The research park also boasts among its neighbors the oldest continually operating airport in the United States, the College Park Airport.

We want to continue to build the ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation and economic development. The Discovery District is supposed to be about discovery, but it’s also about creating jobs for Prince George's County and College Park.

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UMD Research Park
College Park Metro Station, Purple Line (rendering), Art Walk and 4600 River Road
Discovery Point
Discovery Point (renderings)
Discovery Point (Early Rendering)
Innovation Gateway
WeWork, The Hall CP, The Hotel at UMD and Discovery Park
Hotel at UMD
The Hotel at UMD
St. John Properties
St. John Properties Flex/R&D Office Space Front
St. John Properties Flex Office Space Rear
St. John Properties Flex/R&D Office Space Rear

Use Discovery District to…

  • Find a lab/office for my venture

    The Discovery District is the home to dozens of businesses, startups, federal government agencies, and the first WeWork at a university campus. If you are in need of a lab or office for your venture and want to leverage the benefits of being part of a vibrant community and home of the state's flagship institution, then contact Discovery District Manager Sammy Popat at

  • Find and invest in startups

    One of the tenants of the Discovery District is the Investment Manager for the Maryland Momentum Fund, as well as for the Dingman Center Angels. To connect with these resources, contact Stan Smith at

  • Find entrepreneurship events

    A variety of entrepreneurship events are hosted in the Discovery District each year including the annual Innovate Maryland celebration. These events can currently be found on the Innovation Gateway homepage.

  • Get business advice for my venture

    The Discovery District is the home of the Director of Faculty Startup Support, UM Ventures Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs), and the Maryland Small Business Development Center. To receive business advice from the Director of Faculty Startup Support, contact Alla McCoy at If you are affiliated with the University of Maryland as a student, faculty, or an alumnus, you can schedule an appointment with an EIR. If you are launching or have a current venture in the state of Maryland, you can receive free business counseling through the SBDC.

  • Identify/apply for funding & grants

    If your venture is seeking funding and/or grants, there are several resources located within the Discovery District that may be of assistance. The SBDC team can provide information regarding available loans, grants, and other funding sources. The Director of Faculty Startup Support also can provide guidance on available funding sources for research grants and more. Please contact Alla McCoy at, if you are a UMD professor or graduate student.

  • Launch my venture

    If you are an aspiring entrepreneur and you are ready to launch a new venture in the state of Maryland, the SBDC is a fantastic resource as its trained counselors are available to direct you to pertinent legal, financial, and general business information. For all UMD professors and graduate students considering the viability of a business idea, the Director of Faculty Startup Support can provide specific guidance on launching a new venture. Please contact Alla McCoy at

  • Partner with UMD more broadly

    If you are a corporation, business or startup interested in engaging the University of Maryland and all if has to offer as one of the nation's best public research institutions, then please contact UMD's Innovation & Economic Development team at

  • Relocate my venture to College Park

    With all that is going on the University of Maryland, as well as the surrounding community, the Discovery District is a desirable destination for corporations, businesses, startups, federal agencies, government contractors, and research partners. If you are interested in learning more about this research park and the benefits of relocating to the Discovery District, please contact Sammy Popat at